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October Holidays in India

The tenth month of the calendar year is dotted with festivals in India and hence it has many holidays. Apart from Indian National holiday, other festivals like Dusshera, Durga Puja, Diwali are usually celebrated in October. Besides these, there are several regional holidays that vary as per the customs and traditions of different states. Here is a list of popular holidays in October.

List of Holidays in October in 2019

Date Day Festival Comments
2 Oct Wednesday Gandhi Jayanti National holiday
5 Oct Saturday Maha Saptami Odisha, Assam, West Bengal
6 Oct Sunday Durgashtami Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal
8 Oct Tuesday Vijay Dashmi Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
7 Oct Monday Mahanavami Odisha, Kerala, Bihar
8 Oct Tuesday Dussehra Many states
7/8 Oct Monday/Tuesday Durga Puja Odisha, Sikkim
27 Oct Sunday Lakshmi Puja West Bengal, Tripura
13 Oct Sunday Maharshi Valmiki's Birthday Himachal Pradesh, Punjab,
29 Oct  Tuesday Vikram Samvat New Year Gujarat
31 Oct Thursday Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Birthday Gujarat

Bank Holidays in October 2019

Date Day Festival Remarks
2 - 10 - 2019 Wednesday Gandhi Jayanti National Holiday
5 - 10 - 2019 Saturday Maha Saptami Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura
6 - 10 - 2019 Sunday Maha Ashtami Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra
7 - 10 - 2019 Monday Maha Navami Meghalaya, Odisha, Pondicherry, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura, Jharkhand
8 - 10 - 2019 Tuesday Vijaya Dashami National except for Pondicherry, Manipur
27 - 10 - 2019 Sunday Lakshmi Puja Tripura, Odisha, West Bengal
13 - 10 - 2019 Sunday Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh
15 - 10 - 2019 Tuesday Prakash Gurpurab of Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji Punjab
19 - 10 - 2019 Saturday Lhabab Duchen Sikkim
31 - 10 - 2019 Thursday Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel Jayanti Gujarat

Note: Banks have holidays on second and fourth Saturdays too.

Description of Holidays in October

Maha Saptami: Maha Saptami is one of the major days of the Durga Puja. It is mostly celebrated in West Bengal, Odisha, and Tripura. People wear new clothes and go out to visit the deity in various 'pandals' and revel in the festive spirit with food and cultural functions.

Durgastami: Durgastami is the eighth day of Navaratri or Durga Puja. It is considered to be one of the most important days of the festival. Devotees perform 'Pushpanjali' in which they offer prayer and flowers to the Goddess and they consume the "Bhoga" or food offered to the Goddess.

Maha Navami: It is the ninth day of the Durga Puja or the Navaratri Festival, and also the last day of worship before Dashami that marks the end of the festival. Goddess Durga is worshipped with much pomp and glory on this day.

Dussehra: Dussehra is also known as Vijaya Dashami in some parts of the country. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the Durga Puja or Navaratri and marks the end of the festival as Goddess Durga leaves for Kailasa on this day. Devotees bid adieu to the Goddess and wait for another year till she visits again.

Lakshmi Puja: Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the next full moon day after Durga Puja. Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, is worshipped on this day. The festival is popular in West Bengal and Tripura.

Maharshi Valmiki Jayanthi: Valmiki is the first Sanskrit poet in the country and is honored on 24th October every year.

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